Weekly Reflection: Week One Hundred Ninety

This is my one-hundred-ninetieth weekly reflection. Here are my takeaways from this week:

  • Brainstorming – This week I spent time brainstorming with a fellow investor. We ended up landing on an interesting idea we’re both excited about digging into more. Neither of us entered the conversation with the idea. This was a reminder of the power of brainstorming with high-caliber people. I need to do it more regularly.  
  • Public markets – I’ve been spending more time looking at companies in the public markets. This exercise has me thinking about early-stage investing a bit differently.
  • Randomness – The world is full of randomness. Things that have a low probability of happening nevertheless happen sometimes when you least expect them. This week was a reminder of how randomness sometimes produces unexpected surprises or unexpected disappointment (or even pain).
  • Fundraising – Next week is Thanksgiving. If founders haven’t received a term sheet by next week, their likelihood of completing a fundraise before year end will have decreased materially.

Week one hundred ninety was another week of learning. Looking forward to next week!